Papon (ANGARAAG MAHANTA) - a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and singer has become one of the most recognizable-and-sought-after voices in India. While rooted in folk, Papon has a wide variety of influences and considered to be an extremely versatile artist.
Papon was born to a set of brilliant musicians of Assam and was introduced to music and its intricacies at a very early age. His mother ARCHANA MAHANTA and father Late KHAGEN MAHANTA were two very popular and respected musicians of the region.
Coming from a musically attuned family, Music has always been in his blood. His inspirations came from the wide array of sound that he has been exposed to – i.e. from the traditional Folk songs of Eastern India to Ghazals to new-age Electronica.
His initial training has been in Indian classical and traditional music (devotional and folk) from Assam. His innovative experiments are rich with ambient electronica, acoustic folk, electro ghazals to classical sounds. Blessed with a voice that’s smooth and soulful at the same time, Papon has managed to carve a niche for himself as a versatile singer and composer. He can easily switch from folk music to ghazals to electronica and it’s no surprise that he’s a name to reckon with in the music scene in India.
“The Story So far” album was released by TIMES Music in Jan 2012 and won the GIMA in the Best POP Album category, 2012.
Papon has received two awards at the JD Rock Awards, 2013 -‘Best Male Vocalist’ and ‘Best Song’ for the feisty folk track Boitha Maro Re from his acclaimed debut Hindi album ‘The Story So Far”.In GIMA 2015, Papon again won the Best POP Album for his episode of CokeStudio Season3 songs
Papon was declared the best male singer award in the ‘Prag Cine awards’ 2012, for the title song Ramdhenu in the Assamese movie Raamdhenu.In 2015 Prag Cine Awards, Papon is awarded the Global Icon Award.